Monday, May 18, 2015
Oh Honey is Mitchy Collins and Danielle Bouchard, a duo from Brooklyn, whose new release is an EP titled Wish You Were Here. It's the third of four EPs they're calling "Postcard Series," designed to give their fans a steady stream of new tunes. Let's have a listen to the upbeat single, "Sugar, You," now.
We recently had a chance to catch up with Oh Honey over email.
You're just about to conclude a tour. Tell me about that -- anything interesting come to mind? What's a day like on the road?
We had an amazing time on this tour. It was our first ever headliner, so it definitely came with a lot of pressure, but to have our own set, to get to play songs we don't normally have the time to, to see the entire audience singing back our lyrics-- there's nothing that compares.
Some shows that stood out in particular were Denver, DC, and of course, our hometown, New York City. We were on a bandwagon for this tour, which is essentially a mini bus, and it was a total game-changer. We all had bunks which makes sleeping a million times easier than two of us to a seat in a cramped 15 passenger van, and we even had a toaster oven for all of Mitchy's bagel bites and a coffee pot to feed Danielle's caffeine addiction.
A day on the road pretty much consists of driving through the night, waking up 8 million times because of how bumpy the bandwagon is, heading out early to do radio promo or morning tv shows, which we did a lot of on this tour, exploring the city to find food, then soundcheck, a meet & greet with fans, play the show, and repeat! Tour is a 24/7 job, and we feel completely lucky to be doing it.
Wish You Were Here is the third of four EPs -- let's call it an EP series. What made you decide to release music this way?
With the way music is nowadays, unless you're a massive artist like Taylor Swift, it's hard to get people excited about a full-length album. We liked the idea of releasing a series of 4-song EPs every few months to keep our fans looking forward to what's next.
Each EP is named in a way you would sign off on a letter: "With Love," "Sincerely Yours," "Wish You Were Here," and "Until Next Time." We look at each one as a personal letter to our fans, and they culminate in a series we call "Postcards." The last two were named before we even knew what songs would be on them, which is kind of a backwards way to work, so it's been interesting to see how the name of the EP has influenced the writing of the songs on it.
Let's talk about music and social media. How do you navigate your way? Do you respond to fans? What's your approach?
We are both extremely active on social media: Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, Snapchat. We do our best to favorite every single tweet we get and respond to as many as we can, and lately we've been really into Snapchat and love talking to people that way. Our fans are the reason why we get to go wake up every day and call this crazy dream our reality, so not communicating via social media really makes no sense, in our opinion. As for our approach, we are both pretty weird and silly, so we just stay as true to ourselves as possible-- I think it's evident when people are genuine online, and that means a lot.
Brooklyn is still your home. What's great about Brooklyn? Where would you take me if I spent a day there with you?
Danielle: I recently moved from Williamsburg to Greenpoint, and I am absolutely completely in love with it. It's still super artsy and fun, but a lot less in your face than Williamsburg. Some of my favorite spots are Champs Jr, an all-vegan diner, Lunchbox, which has the best egg and cheese on a bagel I've ever had in my life, Matchless, a punk rock dive bar that doubles as a venue, plus they have mac n cheese, and Konditori, an amazing little cafe that has this maple syrup latte I'm obsessed with. For shopping, I love Brooklyn Charm, a jewelry shop where you make your own necklaces and can pick from a billion different charms, and Beacon's Closet, a super cool thrift store.
Mitchy: One of my favorite spots in Williamsburg is Mesa Coyoacan, really awesome authentic Mexican food and margaritas. I also love Harefield Road: $12 for brunch plus a mimosa. Can't go wrong. For going out, I like Skinny Dennis: great Americana vibe, cheap drinks, and a different bluegrass or Americana band every night, and Lucky Dog, cheap drinks and they allow dogs inside….can't beat that!
Visit Oh Honey's website here.